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About five days ago, the baby seemed to be at the 8:00 (feet?) and 3:00 (head) positions. I started to get really uncomfortable because it felt like he was twisting and moving around in there like he was trying to turn his body to the downward position. Today, I noticed that he seems to be really low in my stomach. I can still feel movement around my belly button, but I also feel it lower in my pelvis. I have also noticed that I can feel him moving in other "strange" places. I apologize for the tmi, but I think I can feel him through my vagina and rectum. I don't feel any pressure or pain. I just feel little thumps and such. Is this normal for someone who is 31 weeks along? Should he/Could he be descending more quickly? I thought they weren't supposed to drop until 33 weeks. And finally, is this something I should tell my doctor?

By the way, his new position seems to be 6:00 (feet) and 12:00 (head). This is why I'm afraid he's preparing a little too soon for birth.

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"pwbattist" wrote:

About five days ago, the baby seemed to be at the 8:00 (feet?) and 3:00 (head) positions. I started to get really uncomfortable because it felt like he was twisting and moving around in there like he was trying to turn his body to the downward position. Today, I noticed that he seems to be really low in my stomach. I can still feel movement around my belly button, but I also feel it lower in my pelvis. I have also noticed that I can feel him moving in other "strange" places. I apologize for the tmi, but I think I can feel him through my vagina and rectum. I don't feel any pressure or pain. I just feel little thumps and such. Is this normal for someone who is 31 weeks along? Should he/Could he be descending more quickly? I thought they weren't supposed to drop until 33 weeks. And finally, is this something I should tell my doctor?

Mine's breech and that's what it feels like. Has for a long time. I might just ask if your doctor could tell position..I don't think it's a big deal. I didn't feel like this with either of my girls and they were both never breech, so I've been blaming it on that. I go through whole days where I don't feel movement above my c-section scar. It's really weird...

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I wouldn't be concerned with anything that you mentioned. Your Dr can probably tell the position at your next appt if you ask. According to the baby books, the baby starts to turn head down around now. I know last time there were several times when I could feel DD punching towards my rectum after she went head down. Early on with DS, it felt like he was tap dancing on my cervix when he was breech. Just because your LO is head down it doesn't necessarily mean you've "dropped" to the point of early labor. Does that makes sense?

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I don't think you have anything to be concerned about. My DD was head down my entire pregnancy and she was born at 41 weeks :). Being head down or even low doesn't mean LO is engaged in your pelvis. Even after LO is engaged it could still be a long while for a FTM.

Positioning can be hard to tell. I had a baby who was breech until delivery and one who was vertex until delivery, so I usually have an idea but it can still be confusing! Hiccups are a good way to tell for me since they come from the head area.

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If you re concerned about position this is a great website http://spinningbabies.com/ Whether or not the doctor tells you they generally check the baby's position at every appointment from here on out. And with both of my boys the baby was engaged in my pelvis at 36 weeks I was 1.5 cm dilated and 50% effaced and he was still 10 days late - same thing with DS#2 and he was born 2 or 3 days early so it really doesn't mean anything on how engaged they are. And some women go without being dilated or them being engaged and no other signs and the baby does it all at one time ....

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I would agree you should ask at your next appt. I don't think it means anything on how soon you will deliver. My OB won't tell me what position LO is in until I am dilated, but I know he has been head down since 17 weeks.

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Thanks Everyone!

Your comments were very reassuring. I don't mind if he's late, but I really don't want him to be too early.

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I get majoy blows to the cervix which usually leads to (tmi) more discharge.

I think any and all positions are still normal at this stage, they still have room to flip and twist and will till you near your delivery date.

I dont think there is any reason to believe this would mean baby is coming any earlier, but i totally understand your feeling that way, as I too have questioned it.